Megalodon Pictures

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Megalodon Pictures

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Megalodon. Kerem Beyit

Megalodon was, by an order of magnitude, the biggest prehistoric shark that ever lived. Here are pictures, illustrations and photographs of this ravenous undersea predator.

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Humans Have Known About Megalodon, but Never Lived with Them

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Megalodon. DeviantArt user Dangerboy3D

Because sharks are constantly shedding their teeth--thousands and thousands over the course of a lifetime--Megalodon teeth have been discovered all over the world, from antiquity (Pliny the Elder thought that they fell from the sky during lunar eclipses) to modern times. 

Contrary to popular belief, the prehistoric shark Megalodon never lived at the same time as human beings, though cryptozoologists insist that some enormous individuals still prowl the world's oceans. 

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Megalodon - Bigger than Sharks

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Megalodon. Getty Images

As you can see from this comparison of the jaws of the Great White Shark and the jaws of Megalodon, there's no disputing which was the bigger (and more dangerous) shark!

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Megalodon Strength

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Megalodon. Nobu Tamura

A modern Great White Shark bites with about 1.8 tons of force, while Megalodon chomped down with a force of between 10.8 and 18.2 tons--enough to crush the skull of a giant prehistoric whale as easily as a grape. 

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Megalodon Size

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Megalodon. Wikimedia Commons

The exact size of Megalodon is a matter of debate. Paleontologists have produced estimates ranging from 40 to 100 feet, but the consensus now is that adults were 55 to 60 feet long and weighed as much as 50 to 75 tons.  ​

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Megalodon's Diet

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Megalodon. Wikimedia Commons

Megalodon had a diet befitting an apex predator, feasting on the prehistoric whales that swam the earth's oceans during the Pliocene and Miocene epochs, but also dolphins, squids, fish, and even giant turtles. 

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Beached Megalodons?

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Megalodon. Wikimedia Commons

As far as paleontologists can tell, the only thing that kept adult Megalodons from venturing too close to shore was their enormous size, which would have beached them as helplessly as a Spanish galleon. 

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Megalodon Teeth

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Megalodon. Getty Images

The teeth of Megalodon were over half a foot long, serrated, and roughly heart-shaped. By comparison, the biggest teeth of the biggest Great White Sharks are only about three inches long.

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Only Blue Whales are Bigger

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Megalodon. DeviantArt user Wolfman1967

The only marine animal ever to outclass Megalodon in size is the modern blue whale, individuals of which have been known to weigh well over 100 tons--and the prehistoric whale Leviathan also gave this shark a run for its money. 

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Megalodons Found all Over the WOrld

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Megalodon. Getty Images

Unlike some other marine predators of prehistoric times--which were restricted to coastlines or inland rivers and lakes--Megalodon had a truly global distribution, terrorizing its prey in warm-water oceans all over the world. 

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Megalodon Hunting Style

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Megalodon. Alex Brennan Kearns

Great White Sharks dive straight toward their prey's soft tissue (say, an exposed underbelly), but Megalodon's teeth were suited to biting through tough cartilage--and there's some evidence that it may have sheared off its victim's fins before lunging in for the final kill. 

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Megalodon's Extinction

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Megalodon. Flickr

Millions of years ago, Megalodon was doomed by global cooling (which ultimately led to the last Ice Age), and/or by the gradual disappearance of the giant whales that constituted the bulk of its diet. More about Megalodon

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